Jung Joon-Younger’s conviction drew consideration to darker facet of the leisure trade
A South Korean court docket sentenced a Ok-pop musician to 6 years in jail on Friday for raping a girl and distributing a video capturing the act in a case that drew consideration to the darker facet of the nation’s profitable leisure trade.
Jung Joon-young, 30, was arrested in March. Choi Jong-hoon, 30, a former member of South Korean boy band FT Island, was additionally sentenced to 5 years in jail for the rape of the girl.
Each had been members of on-line discussion groups that shared secret intercourse tapes and made jokes about drugging and raping ladies, the Seoul Central District Courtroom mentioned.
Jung’s conviction additionally consists of the unlawful distribution of different movies he took secretly whereas having intercourse with ladies. The identities of the victims had been suppressed to guard their privateness.
The court docket additionally sentenced every man to 80 hours in “sexual violence therapy” training.
“The defendants are well-known celebrities and mates, however the chat they’ve had confirmed that they merely thought-about ladies as objects of sexual pleasure, and dedicated crimes that had been extraordinarily critical,” Choose Kang Seong-soo mentioned as he handed down the decision.
“Strict punishment is inevitable because the injury inflicted has not correctly been recovered and the victims demand harsh penalties.”
Jung admitted distributing the video and others he took, although he argued the intercourse was in all instances consensual. Choi denied raping the girl, and had argued that he didn’t keep in mind having intercourse along with her and that if he had, it was probably consensual.
Attorneys for Jung and Choi couldn’t be reached for remark.
Their case was certainly one of a number of scandals involving intercourse crimes and different criminality that exposed a darkish facet of an trade on the centre of the worldwide Ok-pop craze.
Lee Seung-hyun, a former member of Ok-pop group Massive Bang higher recognized by the stage identify Seungri, can also be on trial over accusations he paid for prostitutes for overseas businessmen to drum up funding in his enterprise.